Executive toy

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A Newton's cradle executive toy

Executive toy, also called office toy, is raised and developed gradually according to needs from office workers in the market. Unfortunately, most toy researches were focusing on the pleasure, mental or physical developments contribution in underage people, and lack of understandings on adult for playing toys in the working field. Nowadays, office toys have been treated as an important role in employer management in many companies. Office toys are playthings that could provide pleasure, relieve stress and inspire creativity.[1] Office toys not only recalls the merry moments of playing toys in the early age, but also provides the function in decorating employer's personal working area and could lead office workers to relieve stress by playing them. One of the classic office toys is Newton's cradle.


An early executive toy may have been a gadget designed by the mathematician and engineer Philo of Byzantium (c. 280 BC – c. 220 BC), which was an octagon-shaped ink pot with openings on each side. One could turn the pot so that any face was on top and dip the pen in the opening, but the ink never ran out through the holes on other sides. The interior inkwell was suspended in the centre on a series of gimbals and remained upright in spite of any rotation.[2]

Ancient Chinese emperors and nobles often collected natural and man-made curios, such as multiple concentric carved ivory spheres, or chains carved from a single piece of jade.[citation needed]

The European cabinet of curiosities, or "Wunderkammer", often included devices that were ancestors of modern executive toys, including clockwork automata.


Different types of office toys provide different needs to their users. Although providing pleasure and being decorative could be the two major functions in office toys, there are still some differences between each type of office toy. For example, Puzzle type office toys provide the function inspiring creativity under the statement of playing them. Physical type office toys provide the function of a short time concentration transit.[3]



  1. ^ Hsiang Cheng(Sam) Wang. 2007. The Investigation of Office Toy. National Central Library
  2. ^ * Piter James, and Nick Thorpe. Ancient Inventions, ISBN 0-345-40102-6
  3. ^ Hsiang Cheng(Sam) Wang. 2007. The Investigation of Office Toy. National Central Library